Group photo of Prof. Alan Au, Dean of the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration of the OUHK (fourth from right, front row), Mr Michael Lee, Executive Director of The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners (third from right, front row) and representatives of participating hotels.
Prof. Alan Au (left) presents a souvenir to Mr Michael Lee in recognition of the support The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners provides to the Programme.
With a view to grooming all-round talents for the hospitality industry and equipping students with in-depth knowledge and practical experience, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) launched a pilot Management Trainee Programme in association with The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners (Federation). The Programme, the first of its kind among local tertiary institutions, is widely supported and joined by 26 hotels.
Witnessed by Mr Michael Lee, Executive Director of The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, a launching ceremony was held today (16 January) at the OUHK Ho Man Tin Campus. At the ceremony, collaboration agreements were signed by Prof. Alan Au Kai-ming, Dean of the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration of the OUHK, and the representatives of the participating hotels.
Under the agreement, OUHK full-time students of the International Hospitality and Attractions Management programme will be placed to one of the participating hotels to serve a staged nine-month internship throughout their four years of university studies. Students with outstanding performance during their internship will be offered a junior management position by the host hotel upon their graduation, allowing them a fast-track to middle management.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Alan Au said, "To help our students to be ready for participation in the global economy, our co-curricular activities focus on the building of a global perspective and early industry engagement. Our Global Immersion Programme allows students to immerse into the global and multi-cultural environment and be exposed to a foreign language through in-class learning and overseas study tour during their four-year studies. Internship arrangements, which include this Management Trainee Programme, enable students to gain first-hand experience of an industry relatively early in their studies."
Prof. Alan Au added that the pilot Programme will be extended if it receives positive response from students and participating hotels. Looking ahead, he hopes that more hotel groups would join and support the Programme so as to offer more valuable internship opportunities for students and to train more new blood for the industry.
Mr Michael Lee was delighted to see the Federation has lined up the OUHK and the hotels to conceive the Management Trainee Programme which helps to address the serious labour turnover issue facing the industry.
The Management Trainee Programme aims to equip students with in-depth knowledge of the operations of the hospitality industry, and skills required for front-line staff to excel at various positions. With exposure to real workplaces and the opportunity to build personal network through the Programme, the students will be able to identify areas of self-development and make informed decisions about their career choices.
The Programme is comprised of three parts including: career mapping and coaching; on-the-job training and development; as well as a learning project. Workshops and consultation sessions will be offered to students to advise them on career prospects and the employers’ expectations in the industry. The internship will happen during three summer holidays and one spring term, during which students may rotate between various departments of their host organizations to learn different types of skills under the supervision of a mentor. They are required to reflect upon their learning during the internship experience and apply the knowledge gained in OUHK to conduct an ad hoc project on a topic agreed between the employer and the OUHK.
The "Bachelor of International Hospitality and Attractions Management with Honours" programme was launched by the OUHK in the academic year 2017/18. It is one of the 12 OUHK programmes included in the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions / Sectors (SSSDP) for the academic year 2018/19.
About the OUHK:
Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 226 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,500 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.
OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology which includes the Division of Nursing and Health Studies. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk
About The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners:
The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners Limited (FHKHO) was established in 1983 as a non-profit making organization. It was incorporated with limited liability in 1984. Our hotel holding company members own more than 90% of hotel rooms in Hong Kong. Membership is by invitation only.